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By Barry Faulkner | March 5, 2014
For the third time this season, the Vanguard University women's basketball team turned the Firestorm into fizzle. After having beaten Arizona Christian by 31 and 63 points, respectively, the No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Lions dispatched the visitors from Phoenix, 100-51, in the quarterfinals of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament on Wednesday at Vanguard. Vanguard showed complacency was not much of a concern by making 11 of its first 14 field-goal tries to seize a 28-6 advantage just 6:32 into the contest.
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March 4, 2014
Nicole Ballestero, a returning first-team All-American who led Vanguard to the program's fourth undefeated regular season, has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year in women's basketball. Ballestero, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged a conference-best 22.2 points per game, which was third in the NAIA. She led the GSAC in free-throw percentage (83.5%) to help the Lions finish 25-0, 14-0 in conference. Russ Davis, in his 18th season at the Vanguard helm, was named GSAC Coach of the Year for the eighth time.
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March 1, 2014
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Vanguard 82, San Diego Christian 59 Senior guard Taylor Belmont came close to producing a triple-double at home, finishing with 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, as the top-ranked Lions closed out the regular season perfect on Saturday. Vanguard improved to 25-0 overall and 14-0 in the Golden State Athletic Conference. The Lions finished undefeated in conference play for the fourth time under Coach Russ Davis. Vanguard's Nicole Ballestero had 22 points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals.
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February 25, 2014
The Orange Coast College women's basketball team will begin play in the 2014 Southern California regional playoffs at Cuesta on Friday at 7 p.m. Coach Mike Thornton's Pirates (18-10), who had to settle for second place in the Orange Empire Conference after losing its final regular-season game, is the No. 9 seed . Cuesta (22-7), based in San Luis Obispo, is the No. 8 seed after finishing second in the Western State Conference's North Division. OCC, which returns to the playoffs after missing two straight seasons, boasts a balanced scoring attack led by sophomores Chanelle DiCroce (11.8 points per game)
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February 22, 2014
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Vanguard 80, Hope International 79 FULLERTON — Nicole Ballestero scored a game-high 33 points for the No. 1-ranked Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Saturday. Taylor Belmont added 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Vanguard (23-0, 12-0 in conference). Belmont hit two free throws with seven seconds left to give the Lions an 80-77 lead. Hope, ranked No. 14, is 19-8, 7-5. — UC Irvine 76, Cal State Northridge 72 Vanessa Aguilar hit a pair of free throws with 16 seconds remaining to secure the Big West Conference win Saturday at the Bren Center.
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February 21, 2014
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Riverside 53, Orange Coast 51 RIVERSIDE — The visiting Pirates lost a share of the Orange Empire Conference championship Friday as sophomore Mikayla Stitt made two free throws with 19 seconds left for the difference in the final conference game and regular-season finale. OCC (18-8, 9-3 in conference) finishes one game behind OEC champion Saddleback, which won Friday. Sophomore Chanelle Di Croce had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Pirates, for whom Jasmine Matar had 10 points and eight rebounds and Raechelle Davis had 11 rebounds and seven points.
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February 13, 2014
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Vanguard 104, Arizona Christian 41 Senior guard Taylor Belmont had a triple-double to lead the No. 1-ranked host Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Thursday. Belmont had 29 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes to help the Lions improve to 21-0, 10-0 in conference. Belmont made 12 of 17 field-goal attempts, including three of four from three-point range. Nicole Ballestero (11), Samantha Doucette (11), Lauren Martin (11) and Ashley Land (10)
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By Barry Faulkner | February 11, 2014
MISSION VIEJO - Orange Coast College women's basketball coach Mike Thornton has spent most of the season trying to figure out his team. But after a 48-42 win at Saddleback on Tuesday that extended the Pirates' Orange Empire Conference winning streak to six games and lifted them into a first-place tie with the Gauchos, Thornton turned his inquiring mind to the source of the surging squad's good fortune. As with most winning streaks, there are a number of factors, some of which the visitors (16-9, 7-2 in conference)
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By Barry Faulkner | February 8, 2014
At several key instances in the Big West Conference game against visiting UC Davis on Saturday afternoon, the UC Irvine women's basketball team uttered a collective groan when one of its shot attempts bounded or swirled in-and-out. But, thanks in large part to the third double-double of the week for a UCI player, the Anteaters were able to prevail, 79-73, in overtime to complete a two-game home conference sweep for the week and inch up the congested Big West standings. Junior Methlyn Onomoguho loaded up on the stat sheet for the winners, producing 20 points and 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the week.
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